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Wednesday's windings (September 6)
2006-09-06 04:00
by Bob Timmermann

Bonus action today as a rainout in New York Tuesday has led to a doublheader at Shea Stadium between the Mets and Braves. The Phillies and Astros were rained out also, but that game will be made up on September 25. There's also plenty of daytime action. Although the last game of the day could create a tie atop one division, the NL West.

Four division leaders saw their leads get smaller, while two held ground. And the wild card leaders stretched their leads.

The Mets still have a magic number of 11 and a 15 game lead over the Phillies in the NL East. The Mets will play the Braves twice starting at 10:10 am PT (John Smoltz vs. Dave Williams then Kyle Davies vs. Oliver Perez). The Mets also hold on to the best record in baseball by a margin of 1/2 game over Detroit.

The Tigers saw their lead in the AL Central shrink to four games over the Twins. Detroit will finish its three game series against the Mariners at Comerica Park at 10:05 am PT (Gil Meche vs. Kenny Rogers). The Tigers have a magic number of 21.

In the AL East, the Yankees had their lead over Boston cut to eight games after they were shut out in Kansas City. The Yankees and Royals play the rubber game of their series at Kauffman Stadium at 5:10 pm PT (Randy Johnson vs. Runelyvs Hernandez).

Oakland has lost two straight to Texas and the Athletics lead over the Angels has shrunk to 5 1/2 games. Oakland tries to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Rangers at home at 12:35 pm PT (Vicente Padilla vs. Joe Blanton). The Angels host the Orioles at the same time (Daniel Cabrera vs. Ervin Santana).

The Twins increased their lead in the wild card to 1 1/2 games over Chicago after defeating Tampa Bay for the 14th straight time. The Twins go for 15 in a row over the D-Rays at 4:15 pm at Tropicana Field (Carlos Silva vs. Jason Hammel). The White Sox finish their series at Fenway at 4:05 pm PT (Jose Contreras vs. Kyle Snyder). The White Sox have scored just two runs the last two games against the likes of Julian Tavarez and Kason Gabbard.

Back over in the NL, the Cardinals maintain a six game lead over Cincinnati and a magic number of 19. The Cardinals send their ace, Chris Carpenter, to the mound in Washington against Mike O'Connor at 10:05 am PT.

West-leading Los Angeles has lost three straight and its lead over San Diego has shrunk to one game and its magic number has stalled at 24. The Dodgers play their last game against Milwaukee at Miller Field at 5:05 pm PT (Derek Lowe vs. Chris Capuano). The Padres, winners of four straight, go for a sweep over the Rockies at home at 7:05 pm PT (Jason Jennings vs. Clay Hensley).

The Padres now lead the wild card race by two games over Philadelphia. The Phillies will host the Astros at 4:05 pm PT (Andy Pettitte vs. Randy Wolf). The Marlins are three games back and play host to Arizona at 4:05 pm PT (Edgar Gonzalez vs. Anibal Sanchez). The Reds and Giants are both 3 1/2 games back and play what might be an elimination game for the wild card at 9:35 am PT (Jonathan Sanchez vs. Sun-Woo Kim). Sanchez is filling for Noah Lowry and Kim was just acquired from the Rockies.

They will also play:
Toronto at Cleveland - Last regular season meeting of the year!
Pittsburgh at Chicago - Unfortunately, not their last regular season meeting of the year!

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